This brief version of Jerrold R. Brandell's Theory & Practice of Clinical Social Work assembles coverage of the most vital topics for courses in Clinical Social Work/Advanced Practice. Written by established contributors in the field, this anthology addresses frameworks for treatment, therapeutic modalities, specialized clinical issues and themes, and dilemmas encountered in clinical social work practice. Now available in paperback and roughly half the size of the full-length version, Essentials of Clinical Social Work comes at a reduced cost for students who need to learn the basics of the course.

Group Treatment With Children and Adolescents

Group Treatment With Children and Adolescents
Group treatment with children and adolescents
Joan Granucci Lesser

Agroup is a “small face-to-face collection of persons who interact to accomplish some purpose” (Brown, 1991, p. 3). Most children are born into their first group—the family—which Germain (1991) refers to as a community subsystem. As children develop and grow, they move into many other groups, including peer, recreational, and organizational groups such as school. The term treatment is used to signify a group “whose major purpose is to meet members’ socioemotional needs … for support education, therapy, growth and socialization” (Toseland & Rivas, 2001, p. 15). Stewart, Christner, and Freeman (2007) refer to the group therapy setting as “a natural laboratory in which members can ‘test out’ their beliefs, as ...

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